Ademola Lookman has struggled to make an impact so far this season
Everton are expected to field a changed side as they take on Sunderland in the Third Round of the League Cup under its latest incarnation, the Carabao Cup at Goodison Park tonight.
For Ronald Koeman, it's the first of four home games in a sequence that is expected to provide easier opposition than his beleaguered side has faced in the last few games. Although the opposition in those matches was daunting, and the ultimate score lines all too predictable, the performances were in the main abysmal.
The loss at Old Trafford has turned many of the fans against Ronald Koeman and his luckless management of Everton thus far into his three-year contract.
The early rounds of the League Cup are widely recognized as opportunities for squad rotation and Ronald Koeman is fully expected to give opportunities to some of the fringe players who may provide some temporary salvation from the mind-numbing monotony served up so far this season by his senior charges.
This approach contrasts, of course, with the fans' desire to see every competition 'taken seriously' by the manager, who has thus far failed to blend together anything close to a first-choice starting XI — assuming such an arcane concept holds any water in these days of bloated squad rosters required in order to play two games each week.
Stekelenburg appears likely to return in goal, unless Robles is given some needed game time... although Pickford may want to play against the side he left after they were relegated.
There is scope for Koeman to finally rest both Wayne Rooney and Gylfi Sigurdsson, with Muhamed Besic and Davvy Klaassen fresh after being an unplayed sub sat the weekend. Kenny, Lookman and Niasse were not used in Monday's Premier League 2 victory for the Under-23s at Derby, rousing speculation that they could feature tonight in Koeman's changed line-up.
And the greatest expectation will be for Jonjoe Kenny to finally get a full debut at right back, even if Koeman has tried to play down the player's readiness for serious consideration as part of his first-team squad.
It goes without saying that a win is absolutely required, both to change the dark and dismal mood pervading everything Everton at the moment... but, more importantly, progressing through to the Fourth Round is essential to maintain some hope of a trophy for long-suffering Evertonians this season.
Sunderland have had a tough start in the Championship, and their contingent of displaced Blues may feel tonight's game is an opportunity for some point to be made. Brendan Galloway has had a particularly tough adjustment, getting the blame for a goal conceded to Barnsley, and being dropped for the last two games.
However, Sunderland's on-loan Everton players — Tyias Browning and Brendan Galloway — are unable to face their parent club in this game.
But any Evertonian expecting to be complacent going into this game need only check on the last time we were at this stage of the competition, and fully expected to beat Norwich City at home.
Kick-off: 7:45pm, Wednesday 20 September 2017
Referee: Oliver Langford
Last Time: Everton 0-2 Norwich City
Predicted Line-up: Stekelenburg, Kenny, Holgate, Keane, Baines, Gueye, Davies, Klaassen, Vlasic, Lookman, Niasse.
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1 Posted 20/09/2017 at 03:42:28
2 Posted 20/09/2017 at 04:00:44
The four lads that won the U20 World Cup plus Antonee Robinson especially is twice the full back of Baines and Coleman put together.
3 Posted 20/09/2017 at 04:19:39
4 Posted 20/09/2017 at 04:42:58
GK: Robles - far better keeper than Stekelenburg, and gets about his job without fuss
LB: Kenny no question
CB: Holgate and Keane might be our future CB partnership
RB: Martina! This may raise some eye-brows, but I think Baines needs to be rested. Martina was played in this position earlier this season, and acquitted himself reasonably well.
Midfield: Basic protecting the back 4, Davies, Klaassen and Sigurdsson playing slightly advanced
Front 2: Lookman and Calvert-Lewin
Kenny Holgate Keane Martina
Davies Besic Klaassen Sigurdsson
Subs: Stekelenburg, Jagielka, Baines, Gueye, Vlasic, Sandro, Niasse
Manager: Unsworth (he, he...)
5 Posted 20/09/2017 at 04:58:29
6 Posted 20/09/2017 at 05:02:31
What now? Paragraph written entirely by predictive text?
Worth saving for posterity, though. :)
For the game...I'd just like to see some purpose and some kind of gameplan.
7 Posted 20/09/2017 at 05:06:31
8 Posted 20/09/2017 at 06:12:41
9 Posted 20/09/2017 at 06:43:17
10 Posted 20/09/2017 at 06:44:32
I quite like the predicted line up though I'd probably start Calvert-Lewin for Niasse and agree that Baines could use a rest (gonna be a long season for him as our only Left back!) so why not see how Martina does on the other side.
Hopefully Lookman has a good game as I've been a bit disappointed with his appearances so far after lighting up the U20 World Cup this Summer and hoped he would really push on this year. Even though he scored a peach for the U23s last week he wasn't in the game enough and needs to be more consistent on the ball.
Hope we make it through as this cup probably represents our best chance of a trophy especially if more of the top 6 follow the RS example from last night!
11 Posted 20/09/2017 at 07:04:46
Niasse is not good enough either, but he has got an eye for goal, maybe his one redeeming trait.
That said, if they both start, we should still be winning against Sunderland.No excuses.
12 Posted 20/09/2017 at 07:49:28
13 Posted 20/09/2017 at 07:56:28
14 Posted 20/09/2017 at 08:27:42
15 Posted 20/09/2017 at 08:33:05
17 Posted 20/09/2017 at 08:38:20
Kenny Keane Jagielka Martina
Mirallas Sigurdsson Lookman
Subs: Stekelenburg, Baines, Holgate, Besic, Klaassen, Sandro, Niasse.
I would leave Rooney out until the weekend and Schneiderlin who I think has been poor. Williams shouldn't feature again.
18 Posted 20/09/2017 at 09:04:16
19 Posted 20/09/2017 at 09:09:52
If anything, I think it is Keane that needs to be left out.
20 Posted 20/09/2017 at 09:11:20
21 Posted 20/09/2017 at 09:40:24
22 Posted 20/09/2017 at 09:51:43
Those of us who are serious about changing the manager cannot want Koeman to win another game, can we? The sooner Ron is gone, the sooner we can start the process of stabilizing the club.
I don't know what to think any more. Am I wrong for wanting Ron to mess up again? It's not as if we are ever going to win the jinxed League Cup, is it?
If Koeman gets two wins on the spin this week, he is here until next season and we are fucked. Koeman has lost the players and the fans so there's no point him being here. Hard work being a Blue.
23 Posted 20/09/2017 at 09:59:39
When things are not going well as they aren't at present a win of any sort will give us a lift. Confidence is low and we need a boost going into our next 4 games.
I think if he plays some of the younger players then the atmosphere inside the ground will be better. I see Sky are saying that Lookman and Kenny and Calvert-Lewin will play.
Maybe us match going fans need to be as positive as we can tonight, and help lift the gloom that is around our club at present.
24 Posted 20/09/2017 at 09:59:45
I really hope Kenny, Garbutt, Holgate (at CB), Lookman, Vlasic and Niasse play tonight. I like the look of the predicted line-up, lets see some pace and width, and a striker who we've never given a chance. He's not a world beater lets face it, but we've the amount of No 10s, Mr Koeman decides to play every week, he will at least get chances surely?!?!
Need to give Baines a rest along with Sigurdsson and Schneiderlin who quite frankly have both looked awful this season.
Davies played great on Sunday and him and Rooney combined well Davies is young; play him every week. He doesn't a rest just yet, he needs game time to get better; he could be a real star player for us for years if managed in the right way. I would play him in front of Sigurdsson, Schneiderlin and Klaassen every day of the week.
COYB let's see some goals tonight
25 Posted 20/09/2017 at 10:08:41
Wont happen like.
26 Posted 20/09/2017 at 10:09:56
28 Posted 20/09/2017 at 10:26:05
And for god's sake, ditch two defensive midfielders.
We are at home to Sunderland.
29 Posted 20/09/2017 at 10:41:59
There have been a few scalps already, let's hope and pray, we are not one of them, also hope Koeman treats this seriously, and I have to confess, I am rapidly losing faith and patience with him.
30 Posted 20/09/2017 at 10:43:42
Kenny Keane Holgate Baines
Mirallas Gana Klaassen Lennon
31 Posted 20/09/2017 at 10:51:59
Let's have a run in this James Vaughan is around for Sunderland brings back memories of Naismith last season. Hmm.
32 Posted 20/09/2017 at 10:55:26
A win is a given surely? But we need a decent performance to build confidence for upcoming games against Premier League opposition.
33 Posted 20/09/2017 at 10:56:18
35 Posted 20/09/2017 at 11:08:41
But I agree Lookman, Kenny, Calvert-Lewin and Davies should all be in.
36 Posted 20/09/2017 at 11:31:40
Kenny Holgate Keane Garbutt
Lookman Klaassen (Or Sigurdsson but FFS not the two of them in the same team) Vlasic
I'm just about to check last night's Euro lottery and I've got more chance of winning the £122M than seeing this team play tonight.
But if he doesn't rest Baines, I'll be joining the Koeman Out brigade.
37 Posted 20/09/2017 at 11:37:35
38 Posted 20/09/2017 at 11:44:25
39 Posted 20/09/2017 at 11:45:26
However, I am worried that whoever we see starting tonight, because of the current malaise, lack of confidence and the expectations from the fans, it is going to be a tentative, nervous first half-hour or so. The longer it goes on the more painful it is likely to become so an early goal is crucial as I see it, and then relax into the game and build on that. Hopefully grab 2,3 or 4.
Sunderland, though, will be likely sitting back, chasing everything tenaciously and looking for the counter ready to pounce on any sloppy mistakes by our defence/midfield in the hope of offering their own hard bitten fans something to cheer about in their equally bad season.
This should be a walk in the park for us but I am fearful with our nerves we will make hard work of the job, and whilst I do not see us losing we could be looking at a fairly dour 1-0 (scored by Niasse inevitably just so he can be subsequently ignored again) to be followed up by more of the same reflections and comments on here as we are getting used to. Hope to Christ we don't go to extra-time and pens.
Hoping to find a stream or something tonight but usual battle cry to the fans be that extra man, and as always COYB.
40 Posted 20/09/2017 at 12:02:56
This will prove to Koeman than none of them will fit in with his plans and he has been correct not to play them since they will only unbalance the team which has turned out for the season so far.
42 Posted 20/09/2017 at 12:09:30
Maybe with more younger players in the team tonight, then Koeman can finally get his men, to fight, fight, fight, with all their might, just to give us fans a little bit of pride back?
We all have our own favourite players, and some of us also have a favourite formation, but fuck "horses for courses" because football should always be about yourself, and it's a long time since I have watched an Everton team, that hasn't been worried about the opposition. Just go and have a proper go please!
43 Posted 20/09/2017 at 12:20:22
Also, if Williams and Jagielka weren't floating around the first team, who would you play centre-back? Is there another young gem that is greater than the sum of these two veterans' parts?
44 Posted 20/09/2017 at 12:22:15
Kenny, Jagielka, Keane, Martina
Mirallas, Guye, Sigurdsson, Lookman
45 Posted 20/09/2017 at 12:44:00
46 Posted 20/09/2017 at 13:03:53
47 Posted 20/09/2017 at 13:06:10
Franny, Antonee Robinson is out on loan until January, Bolton I believe. I'd like to see a few changes but not wholesale. I don't see why Pickford can't play, he's our number one so let's play him every game:
Kenny Holgate Keane Martina
Klaassen Gueye Davies
Lookman Calvert-Lewin Sandro
Pace, energy and a blend of experience and youth.
48 Posted 20/09/2017 at 13:06:12
If they do well, he gets people off his back. If they don't, he says that he was right that they weren't ready for the first team.
49 Posted 20/09/2017 at 13:10:31
50 Posted 20/09/2017 at 13:11:06
I want Ramirez to start up front tonight, ahead of Niasse. I think there might be a player in there once he acclimatises to English football, and scoring a goal tonight would be the confidence kick-starter he needs!
Agree Baines and Rooney need to be rested and Kenny played at right-back.
51 Posted 20/09/2017 at 13:25:34
That team, as you say, has pace and energy as well as the potential for goals all over. My only concern is that it is quite a small team, particularly in midfield, but hopefully if we keep the ball well enough it shouldn't be a concern. Like that has ever happened...
Fingers crossed that we get an early goal and that the pace of our young attackers comes to the fore when Sunderland are forced to come out of their shell. Somehow I feel it could be another torturous game with McGeady looking like Messi!
52 Posted 20/09/2017 at 13:25:45
Kenny Holgate Keane Martina
Vlasic Klaassen Lookman
53 Posted 20/09/2017 at 13:32:28
I would also like to see Niasse start. Imagine of he bagged a couple!
54 Posted 20/09/2017 at 13:34:18
I'll have a tenner on McGeady and James Vaughan both having blinders tonight. Something tells me this isn't going to be an easy game by any stretch of the imagination.
I also don't think we'll see much of Niasse, or Lookman because Koeman is being such a stubborn bastard... I wish he'd play with some width and pace and a bloody striker! /p>
That's all we can ask for.
55 Posted 20/09/2017 at 13:47:45
I'm trying to think when we last gave a full back a torrid time with a pacy winger! We are at home as well so we shouldn't need two defensive players in front of the back four.
Just Gueye will do and let Klaassen and Davies get forward and support the front line. And like most of us, I'm desperate to see Kenny given a go against half-decent opposition instead of youth football.
56 Posted 20/09/2017 at 13:52:46
Kenny, Keane, Jagielka, Martina,
Davies/Klaassen, Gana, Sigurdsson,
Sandro, Rooney, Lookman.
Subs:- Stekelenburg, Holgate, Schneiderlin, Davies/Klaassen, Vlasic, Calvert-Lewin, Niasse.
For me, Pickford and Keane need to play. The defense has been woeful recently but these two are the future and need to be involved in the team playing its way out of this. Jags gets the nod over William's in a four man defence for me because remarkably he is still our fastest centre-back. Kenny, as stated on here for about a year, deserves more game time and this cup might be the only chance to rest Baines.
In midfield, we need to ditch our two defensive midfielders and for me move Sigurdsson and Davies or Klaassen in there to improve our ability on the ball. Gana gets the nod because he is more mobile than Schneiderlin and will need to press and cover more with a man less in there.
On the front line, we need to start occupying more space further forward. I've gone for Sandro on the right as he badly needs to play himself into some form and tonight should be a good chance. Rooney down the middle as unfortunately he looks by far our most dangerous player and with two pace men around could drift around as he likes to get involved. I'd have him off at a fairly early stage though for Niasse so he can rest and Niasse can stake a claim. I've gone for Lookman on the left to add our only bit of genuine pace and hopefully provide a constant outball on the break.
I don't think Koeman has earnt the right to rotate too much but unfortunately for him he is a bit dammed if he does and dammed if he doesn't. Play the regulars and loose and everyone will've wanted the kids. Play the kids and loose and everyone will be craving the pros. But I'm not sympathising with him.
57 Posted 20/09/2017 at 14:02:06
58 Posted 20/09/2017 at 14:02:50
These Moyes losers – Mirallas, Jagielka and Coleman – should be long gone; young pacy fullbacks is the modern game but there again we are a museum club as Moshiri stated.
As long as Buffoon Bill can regale all day about Eddie Cavanagh and aim for 7th, all is well in the world of Evertonians under 50 because they don't know any different. Sad club.
59 Posted 20/09/2017 at 14:02:59
60 Posted 20/09/2017 at 14:05:54
Also, Martina's name is an anagram of Martian. Just thought I'd add that.
61 Posted 20/09/2017 at 14:16:22
Bring on Niasse and Lookman for second half.
Subs: Stekelenburg, Niasse, Lookman, Gueye, Sandro and Holgate.
62 Posted 20/09/2017 at 14:17:36
63 Posted 20/09/2017 at 14:19:55
It would be nice for Sandro to get a goal too. Get him up and running. There's a good player in there. Have his preseason goal against Sevilla burnt into my retinas.
64 Posted 20/09/2017 at 14:31:43
Well if that's true then he'll fit in seamlessly with the rest of the dross that's wearing our shirts this season.
The only thing I would say is whether he's good enough or not, deserves a chance or not, his behaviour since coming here has been exemplary.
65 Posted 20/09/2017 at 14:32:40
What a mess. If he does play, I'll be cheering on Niasse the new Straqualursi.
66 Posted 20/09/2017 at 14:36:20
I am just wondering what kind of reaction we will get from the team tonight. I know we all expect a gung-ho, attack-attack-attack set-up this evening, but I personally think that, given the last few performances, we will be nervous and cagey...I hope the crowd don't get on the back of any youngsters (if they even get a chance, that is). I'd love to see Vlasic and Lookman out wide backed up by Kenny and Garbutt... not much chance of that though!
The optimist in me says a 3-0 win but the realist says we will concede first and fight back for a scrappy extra-time win.
67 Posted 20/09/2017 at 14:43:03
He also needs games more than anyone else (apart from Niasse!)
68 Posted 20/09/2017 at 14:45:02
He is not too bad at crossing a ball into the box, but that's it, you can only employ him in this role with three centre backs, and against Sunderland I can't see Koeman doing that.
There again his team selection should never surprise really, as he has addressed most of the games to date shockingly.
69 Posted 20/09/2017 at 14:52:20
70 Posted 20/09/2017 at 14:55:41
71 Posted 20/09/2017 at 14:58:40
72 Posted 20/09/2017 at 14:59:37
73 Posted 20/09/2017 at 15:01:09
74 Posted 20/09/2017 at 15:02:07
75 Posted 20/09/2017 at 15:02:23
Whilst both have played okay, it because we are set up to defend. Williams in particular loves sitting deep and defending, and defending.
The point being our starting position as a team is consistently too deep. As the example at OT shows after 3mins we are already on our 6yard line.
Give Jags/Williams anything else to do then we are toast. Both are awful in possession.
So if tonight has any redeeming features it is to bed in Holgate at CB with Keane and leave them the fuck alone. Start them together and give the team the confidence to squeeze play up.
Sure there will be mistakes but if he'd played Holgate in tge last 10 games of last season then maybe we wouldn't have to riad test the lad in real games.
Pick, Jjk, Holgate, Keane, Baines
Davies, Gana, Sigurdsson
Mirallas, Rooney, Lookman
76 Posted 20/09/2017 at 15:03:52
I recall the performance in question and yes, Coleman was well in truly in Rose (?)'s pocket.
So young and fast. That's all that's required. A bit like when Seamus signed and he couldn't defend. Does ability to tackle, defensive positioning come into it?
The language you use is very dramatic and eye-catching. I assume that's what you were going for. Well done.
77 Posted 20/09/2017 at 15:08:29
He must be tempted to play (what he thinks is) his best 11, to get us back on track and give us a boost in confidence.
However, on the other hand, if the strongest slection continues to under- perform then he will be under even more pressure.
If he plays a very different side and things go wrong, he can blame it on rusty players or inexperience.
If things go well (Niasse gets a brace, and Kenny gets a couple of assists, Lookman Motm) then his reticence to start them previously will look foolhardy .
Should be an interesting night.
78 Posted 20/09/2017 at 15:13:42
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79 Posted 20/09/2017 at 15:15:36
Kenny Jags. Keane. Baines
Siggerson Gana. Davies. Lookman
Calvert Lewin Niasse
Would have put Luke Garbutt at left back but played for the u23s Monday so have omitted.
81 Posted 20/09/2017 at 15:28:59
82 Posted 20/09/2017 at 15:33:59
Add too that our not-so-masterful tactician Koeman, who thinks we are a club only capable of 7th place and doubts creep in.
I hope we lose and Koeman is gone before the end of the week.
84 Posted 20/09/2017 at 15:36:20
We are similar - we struggle to fill the 11 positions because they are all very bad and equally shite. I just could decide who was 'crapper' and should be left out.
So as I said, I gave up and decided my team/subs is this: The U23 squad.
86 Posted 20/09/2017 at 15:46:57
87 Posted 20/09/2017 at 15:47:02
Mobility and the desire to get into the box should pay dividends. Sandro is very mobile and quick, Niasse is a striker who apparently thrives in the box, no that we have seen much of him.
Surely he must have improved under DU?
Whatever side he plays though and I've given up trying to second guess his team selection, we should have more than enough to beat tonight's opponents.
88 Posted 20/09/2017 at 15:51:21
89 Posted 20/09/2017 at 16:06:39
Kenny, Holgate, Keane, Martina
DCL , Siggy, Lookman
91 Posted 20/09/2017 at 16:33:35
Kenny Keane Williams Martina
Lookman Davies Besic Mirallas
92 Posted 20/09/2017 at 16:39:08
Yes bring in a couple of the younger kids to play, Lookman, Kenny etc. but we should take this one as serious as possible. Although, this could be the game to rest Wayne however, which could allow Calvert Lewin up top with Siggy in behind in the actual no. 10 role that he was bought for. Then play 2 pacey wide man to get up and support Calvert Lewin: Lookman, Sandro, or Vlasic.
And Besic should be nowhere near the starting 11 tonight. As much as I used to like him for his commitment and effort, he just isn't good enough anymore.
Roll on a comfortable 3-0 victory to get the confidence flowing again!
93 Posted 20/09/2017 at 16:42:03
What I think we'll see:
Holgate Jagielka (c) Keane
Kenny Davies Klaassen Martina
Pickford, Williams, Baines, Besic, Lennon, Mirallas, Niasse
What I'd like to see:
Kenny Holgate Keane Baines(c)
Lookman Niasse Sandro
Stekelenburg, Keane, Baines, Besic, Vlasic, Mirallas, Calvert-Lewin
94 Posted 20/09/2017 at 16:52:22
He should be at Finch Farm tonight with two coaches having the ball rolled to his right foot at different paces and angles and one of the coaches shouting "Left half-way, right half-way, etc,"
Until he is at least almost as strong of his right as he is of his left (which is phenomenal) he doesn't get into my team.
95 Posted 20/09/2017 at 17:00:07
But a tweak to his game, and taking less risks with his right foot is a smart move.
96 Posted 20/09/2017 at 17:05:11
97 Posted 20/09/2017 at 17:09:45
98 Posted 20/09/2017 at 17:11:11
Personally I would give the guy a chance; he could thrive from Sigurdsson's crosses and set pieces. Give our guys something to aim for in the box instead of having to play the perfect pass to the likes of Sandro and Calvert-Lewin.
99 Posted 20/09/2017 at 17:42:36
Introduced from the bench when teams are tired I think gives him his best chance. He really has struggled with the pace and physicality of English football.
If Koeman had perhaps tried it this way with both him and maybe Klaassen then we might be seeing more from them both?
I get the sink or swim mentality but things have gone so tits up that you risk destroying the players confidence completely.
100 Posted 20/09/2017 at 17:44:09
Kenny Jagielka Keane Baines
Lookman Davies, Schneiderlin, Gueye
101 Posted 20/09/2017 at 18:02:29
102 Posted 20/09/2017 at 18:04:08
Williams (as punishment)
Subs: Pickford, Baines, Jagielka, Schneiderlin, Sigurdsson, Calvert-Lewin, Rooney
103 Posted 20/09/2017 at 18:10:08
104 Posted 20/09/2017 at 18:22:52
I don't think it's a easy game, in the circumstances.
105 Posted 20/09/2017 at 18:24:52
Lennon makes more sense he works harder than Mirallas, is naturally right sided (v Lookman on left) and he can cover Kenny at the back both can attack and both can defend so they could actually cover each other well.
106 Posted 20/09/2017 at 18:28:37
Kenny, Keane, Jagielka, Baines
Vlasic Davies Sigurdsson Mirallas
Please show some fight.
107 Posted 20/09/2017 at 18:39:01
We are at home to Sunderland, I don't care if it's a 3-5-2, a 4-4-2, a 4-3-1-2, whatever, he's got the players to play any attacking formations he wants.
He has to pick Holgate and Keane together as centre backs regardless of whether it's in a 3 or 2, we will never stop defending our 18-yard box with Jags and Williams in the same team, they haven't got the pace to defend 10 yards forward.
Tonight, I'd love to see 3-5-2, Pickford, Holgate, Keane, Jagielka, Kenny and Lookman as right and left wing backs respectively, but pushing forward on either side of Gana and Tom Davies, then you can have 1 of 3 (Klaassen, Rooney or Sigurdsson) in the hole behind either Sandro and Calvert-Lewin/Niasse, Niasse or Calvert-Lewin to hold it up with Sandro buzzing round.
Lookman as left wing back at first seems laughable, but wing backs are basically wingers now, and both Lookman and Mirallas have interchanged wings plenty during a match.
109 Posted 20/09/2017 at 18:48:41
Kenny, Williams, Keane, Holgate
Besic, Davies, Klaassen, Vlasic
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